Ross Borland


Managing Partner

With more than 25 years in the hospitality industry - from bellman up through hotel manager and every facet in between - Ross knows a lot about making customers feel welcomed and happy. He also knows about the value of a wisely selected drink, opening and overseeing busy pubs, restaurants and liquor stores during his hotel career. He now gets to guide a ship of smart, savvy sippers; the collective of positive people who run Vessel. 

Beer of choice : Driftwood Fat Tug IPA


Brent Muller


General Manager

A firmly transplanted Ontarian, Brent has made a massive impact in the local wine industry since landing in Victoria. He is part of the core founding team of Vessel, which he leads today as General Manager. Brent continues to expand his knowledge continually with numerous Wine Scholar Guild and WSET accreditations, as well as travelling to wine regions at any opportunity. He has been a National Wine Awards of Canada judge for the last 6 years, and enjoys every opportunity to taste.

Wine of choice : Weingut Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett

Sharon McLean


Education Director

One of Canada's leading wine educators, Sharon oversees the educational programming of our custom-built wine classroom, The Cru's Nest. Sharon is a co-founder of Cru Consultancy, the chair of the Vancouver Island Sommelier Association,  and a sought-after management consultant with over 25 years of international experience. She holds both the WSET and ISG Diplomas, is a certified Sherry Educator, instructor or Italian Wine Scholar and French Wine Scholar, and is a Masters of Wine candidate. 

Champagne of choice : Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Special Club Cuvée